Here’s one that came by way of the guys over at Exotic Noods. Thanks! You can subscribe and get great boxes of different noodles every month – they also have The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Box! Definitely take a look. So today it’s udon from Japan. Kitsune udon comes with some fried tofu – which is really good stuff. Udon is a very thick noodle, but what is a nabeyaki? Here’s a little from Wikipedia –
Okay so this is a kind of hot pot style cooked udon. What gets me is that the container for this one is metal; almost looks like a Jiffy Pop noodle cooking affair. Let’s check it out!
Ikeda Shokuhin Nabeyaki Kitsune Udon – Japan
Here’s the distributor/import sticker (click to enlarge).
Detail of the cardboard lid (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add 300ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes? Very hard to tell on this one so that’s what I’m going to go with. This should be long enough for the noodles to loosen and the tofu to become ‘happy.’ Stir and enjoy!
The fresh udon pouch.
The liquid base (called ‘the dry base’ on the sticker I gues).
Has a soy scent.
The fried tofu.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, 31-44ct shrimp, and shichimi togarashi. The udon came out very well – thick and chewy. The broth has a sweet and soy kind of flavor – I’m not entirely convinced that there isn’t some bonito in there. The tofu is great – very sweet and tasty. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4970083061587.